The older I get, the more I have seen this and wept – young adults, raised by godly Christian parents and who grew up in vibrant churches – simply walk away from Jesus. Some of these wayward children do so in dramatic overt rebellion, rejecting any semblance of the Christian faith. But others still display an outward appearance of godliness yet have no true love for Jesus. In either case, it’s tragic. What’s a parent to do? What’s the church to do?
One of the most important decisions a church makes regarding children’s ministry is what curricula to use for Sunday school and other mid-week programs. There are so many options available! What criteria should your decision be based upon? What is most fundamental and critically important?
God is love. Maybe more than any other statement this has been used to identify God's basic essence. But if we consider God's love apart from the totality of God's nature, our understanding of God will be dangerously skewed. So what does God mean when He says that He is love?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, when we minister to the next generations, we are dealing with the most weighty truths in the universe. We are preparing them to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords! May this reality cause our hearts to go about our task more diligently, earnestly, and prayerfully so that, by God’s grace, the children in our care will come to know, honor, and treasure God, setting their hope in Christ alone, so that they will live as faithful disciples for the glory of God!